I am continuing my search for the tastiest sugar free candy. So far I have found many that seem to fit the bill with Dove’s dark chocolate mint leading the pack. However, I was really surprised to find out how good Sugar Free Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures turned out to be.
These delicious baby peanut butter cups are smooth, creamy and utterly scrumptious. But are they a good sugar free option that is worth the calories? Let’s take a look.
Each Sugar Free Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures contains 36 calories. Considering their size, that is not the best option I have found. However, when you add in the fact that a little bit goes a long way, then 36 calories might not be so bad after all.
A serving size, according to Reese’s is 5 cups, which comes in at 180 calories. However, I found eating one was more than enough for me. That would mean more servings per 3-oz bag then claimed by the candy giant.
The bad news is that a large percentage of the calories in Sugar Free Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures are equated to fat calories. There are 13 grams of fat per serving (5 pieces). Of that, 6 grams are from saturated fat. There is no trans fat.
Another negative is the fact that there are 27 grams of carbohydrates per serving. There are also 120 micrograms of sodium and 5 micrograms of cholesterol. Therefore, anyone watching their salt or carb intake may wish to steer clear of this sugar free candy option.
Sugar Free Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures also contain 20 grams of sugar alcohol. That is a concoction of sugar substitutes that supposedly metabolize slowly so they do not cause an insulin spike.
On a positive note, Sugar Free Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures contain 6 grams of fiber and 2% of the daily-recommended amount of iron. That is based on a standard 2000-calorie diet.
Ingredients include: cellulose gel, chocolate, cocoa butter, cream, lactitol, malititol, milk, natural and artificial flavoring, peanuts, PGPR emulsifier, polydextrose, salt, sodium casenate, soy lecithin, sucralose, TBHQ and vegetable oil. The candy is approved for use by diabetics who use the dietary exchange plan. It represents one carbohydrate and 2 fats on the exchange list.
H.B. Reese’s Candy Company makes Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures. It is a sub-division of The Hershey Company.
Here is my summary review:
Taste: 5 stars. These peanut butter cups are good. They are rich and creamy; in fact so much so that find piece of candy enough to curb my need for something sweet.
Freshness: 5 stars. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures are vacuumed sealed inside of a bag for freshness.
Nutrition: 3 stars. Candy isn’t good for you anyway you want to slice it. However, this one is no worse than any other, sugar free or not.
Green value: 3 stars. The product is single bagged. It should save on possible waste but I’m not sure the packaging is biodegradable.
Packaging: 5 stars. The packaging is done in Reese’s logo colors of orange, brown, and yellow. It has an orange background with chocolate trim and the Reese’s logotype in yellow. It also shows a picture of the peanut butter cup. There is no way you can miss finding a Reese’s product on a store shelf. The packaging jumps right out at you because of its bright colors.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. The package is small at roughly 5″ by 7 1/2″ inches. It should fit easily anywhere in a cabinet, drawer or even a large handbag.
Availability: 5 stars. Reese’s products are sold in grocery, drug and discount department stores everywhere.
Price: 4 stars. I paid $1.50 at Wal-Mart. That is roughly the same cost as comparable candies.
Product purchase probability: 5 stars. I like these Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures. It is highly likely I’ll buy them again.
Final rating: 4.5 stars. There is room for improvement.
5 stars – outstanding
4 stars – good
3 stars – average
2 stars – below average
1 star – poor